News and Announcements

Call for short concept notes by Africa-based researchers for ICTD2012

E-mail sent by M Sirajul Islam, Wednesday, 1st February 2012 @ 2:39pm

This is a call for short (1-2 pager) concept notes by Africa-based researchers for ICTD2012!

As a follow up to the 2010 Panel on ICT and Development in Africa at ICTD2010 London, a group of Africa-based researchers gathered in the lunch hall of the Royal Holloway Hub and there began the first gathering of the ICTD Africa Researchers Network.  This is a group of African or Africa-based scholars determined to improve the academic ICTD research being produced in Africa.

The group focuses on the following goals: 1) amplifying individual voices and raising the visibility of African ICTD researchers; 2) creating a space for researchers to tell their own story; 3) shaping ICTD discourse on quality research and acceptable publication options; and 4) improving quality of research and publication output from Africa, ultimately with the goal of closing the participation gap in ICTD research.

This session will provide a space to collaborate practically on research ideas and quality with the goal of producing short papers for future publication.

If you wish to join us, please send your 1-2 pager to Kathleen (digakathleen@gmail.com) or Bobby (bobby@kancms.org )  We (IARN) have limited spaces due to room size so be sure to secure you spot in the session with your concept note. 

You are also welcome to join the ICTD African Researchers Network listserv by requesting an invitation to ictd-researchers-in-africa-network@googlegroups.com

This will be the first event within the ICTD conference to target Africa-based research collaboration. It creates space to showcase Africa-based work.  This session provides opportunities to exchange knowledge on how to polish research so that it meets the standards of international conferences. This session will allow for collective representation of research being done at African institutions. In improving the visibility of researchers based in Africa, we hope that work which has been previously missed will make ICTD more fulfilling in its goal of featuring research originating in the developing world. 

Any ICTD Africa research you want to brainstorm or discuss, kindly send your brief 1-2 pager to us by 15 Feb 2012. 

We look forward to hearing from Africa!  Brought to you by the organizing team:

ICTD African Researchers Network (IARN),  Kathleen Diga, Paul Plantinga, Robert Kabutey Okine, Shikoh Gitau, Jessica Colaco, David Hutchful, Ilda Ladeira, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa; Monash University, Johannesburg, South Africa; Kwame  Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana;  Research @iHub , Nairobi, Kenya; Grameen Foundation.

IPID bimonthly Newsletter Nr. 02/2012

E-mail sent by M Sirajul Islam, Tuesday, 31st January 2012 @ 9:24pm

CALL for papers/Chapters/ Conferences/workshops/Symposiums/PARTICIPATION  


# Call for paper : IPID ICT4D Annual Symposium 2012

5th - 6th Sept, 2012, Kristiansand, Norway
Deadline for paper submission : 2012-06-15

CfP for IPID ICT4D Annual Symposium 2012 has been announced. Postgraduate (PhD and masters ) students doing research in ICT4D are most welcome to attend this symposium. Please note that this event will be held in parallel to IFIP eGov/ePart conference 2012. For more details, please visit at    Travel scholarships are available for the authors with accepted papers.


# IDIA2012 Conference : Alleviating Digital Poverty with ICT innovation in emerging economies. Will ICT Rights make a difference?

6-8 September 2012, Istanbul, Turkey
Submission Deadline : February 28, 2012
URL: http://developmentinformatics.org/conferences/2012/6th.html

# 9th International Conference on Mobile Web Information Systems (MobiWIS)
August 27-29, 2012, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Submission Deadline: February 10, 2012
URL:  http://www.mobiwis.org/2012/

# eLearning-2.0-2012
June 7th - 8th, 2012, Brunel University, UK
Submission of title and abstract of presentation deadline: February  10, 2012
URL: www.elearning2.org

# Healthcare ICT track at MCIS 2012
The 7th Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems (MCIS)
September 8-10, 2012, Guimares, Portugal
Submission deadline : March 9th, 2012
URL: http://eventseer.net/e/17069/126954/

# EGOVIS & EDEM 2012: Advancing Democracy, Government and Governance
September 3 - 7, 2012, Vienna, Austria
Submission deadline: March 2, 2012
URL:  http://www.dexa.org/egovisedem2012

# 16th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS)
Track: Electronic Government
July 11-15, 2012, Hochiminh City, Vietnam
Submission deadline : March 7,  2012
URL: www.pacis2012.org

# Action Design Research Workshop
12th – 13th March, 2012, Aalto University School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland
Instructors:  Maung Sein, Ola Henfridsson, Sandeep Purao, Matti Rossi, Rikard Lindgren
Registration for the workshop is free and will include lunches and refreshments.  However, space is limited. Interested participants should contact Matti Rossi (matti.rossi@aalto.fi ) for more information.

 # ICTD 2012 - It's Time to Register!

If you have not already done so, it is time to register for ICTD2012. With less than two months to go before opening day, we have an exciting and dynamic program slated for the 4-day conference.  On Monday, March 12th, and Thursday, March 15th, attendees will be able to choose from nearly 40 Open Sessions (panels, workshops, and more) and 29 demos presented by practitioners and academic institutions from across the globe.  In addition, joint with the co-located ACM DEV conference, David Kobia, Co-Founder and Director of Technology Development for Ushahidi, will give a keynote speech on Monday. On Tuesday, March 13th, and Wednesday, March 14th, ICTD 2012 will offer a slate of 38 peer-reviewed papers in plenary and poster presentation. We are also pleased to welcome the Honorable Omobola Johnson, Minister of Communication and Technology, Federal Republic of Nigeria as keynote speaker on Tuesday. More information can be found on our website at www.ictd2012.org, including registration instructions and links to hotel accommodations.  For further questions, please contact us at .


IS CASES/Mobile news/Studies


# Directory of Mobile Business Courses

Available at http://www.massey.ac.nz/~dviehlan/mobile_business_course_directory.pdf


# APCICT Publishes Version 2.0 of Flagship ICTD Capacity Development Programme

Please visit at http://www.unapcict.org/news/apcict-publishes-version-2.0-of-flagship-ictd-capacity-development-programme-launches-module-9-on-the-apcict-virtual-academy-and-publishes-cis-case-studies/


# ICTD Case Studies from the CIS
Working to enhance knowledge sharing within Central-Asia, APCICT today published a volume of ICTD case studies from the Commonwealth of Independent States and Russian Speaking Countries. The case studies, available in both English and Russian, explore a variety of issues such as e-Health, e-Commerce, e-Governance and e-Learning.  The case studies share the experiences and lessons learned of ICTD practitioners from Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

# The Oxford Handbook of Management Information Systems: Critical Perspectives and New Directions
Edited by Robert D Galliers and Wendy L Currie
Oxford University Press: 752 pages
Available at : http://www.oup.com/us/catalog/general/subject/Business/Management/TechnologyManagement/?view=usa&sf=toc&ci=9780199580583
http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199580583.do

# Ghanaian Farmers Use Solar Mobile Phone Chargers to Save Time and Costs
Farmers of over 40 farmers cooperatives in Ghana’s northern region will start using solar energy to charge their mobile phones. This saves them costs and valuable time. This initiative is supported by IICD’s consortium partner Cordaid in close collaboration with IICD. For details, http://www.iicd.org/articles/ghanaian-farmers-use-solar-chargers-for-their-phones

# Mobile health booming, but challenges to overcome
Although mobile health (mhealth) is booming throughout the world, there are still challenges to create sustainable business models. This was the main conclusion of the mHealth summit in Washington that IICD attended in December. For details http://www.iicd.org/articles/mobile-health-booming-but-challenges-to-overcome

# Farmers in Peru Share Organic Farming Expertise via Internet
Farmer Freddy and other Peruvian farmers learned organic production methods to make their produce healthier, better for family consumption, easier to sell and more respectful of the environment. Now with the help of the Heifer foundation and IICD, family and community based organic production methods will reach even more farmers. For details http://www.iicd.org/articles/farmers-in-peru-share-organic-farming-expertise-via-internet


Vacancies/ PhD/Post-Doc positions:

# Doctoral studentship in Informatics with an information security profile at Orebro University School of Business, Sweden
As a doctoral student you will study the use of sensor technology and  intelligent systems for the monitoring of the elderly in their home  environments from an information security perspective. The aim is to contribute to the development of secure sensor technology and secure  intelligent systems that also respect privacy. In this context, secure  refers to such use of sensor technology and intelligent systems that  safeguards the information collected as confidential, not subject to  modification, and accessible. With privacy being a much debated concept,  there lays a great challenge in balancing privacy together with other important values, such as accessible information. The research project will in part include data collection in Swedish. For more information and further details of the programme, please contact Fredrik Karlsson (Informatics)    ( +46 19-30 39 94) 

# Uppsala University, Sweden declares doctoral studentships
Two doctoral studentships at the Department of Informatics and Media
Employment commences: 1 September 2012, or by agreement.
Application should be received by no later than 1 April 2012
Full information about the positions is available via http://www2.personalavd.uu.se/ledigaplatser/1727475ENG.html

# Doctoral studies in Information Management at Maastricht University
PhD student positions are funded for a period of four years and are open to students with strong interests in both research and teaching. The program consists of two years of course work followed by the pursuit of high quality, independent research. Interested candidates are invited to send a motivational essay, a current CV, copies of transcripts, and GRE/GMAT scores (if available) to Brent Furneaux (b.furneaux@maastrichtuniversity.nl <mailto:b.furneaux@maastrichtuniversity.nl> ). General information concerning the university and our programs is also available at our website (http://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/web/Faculties/SBE.htm).

# The 12 Best ICT4D Job Ads Websites
ICT4DJOBS.COM compiles a list of 12 best websites to find a great ICT job in Africa and other international development hotspots. For details, please click here.

# Some ICT4D related jobs
SMS Technologies Project Manager, Location : MSU Support Office, Kampala,Uganda
Technology Officer, Jhpiego, Nairobi, Kenya
Internship, mEducation Alliance, Washington DC
ICT4D Technical Adviser, IICD, The Netherlands

IPID bimonthly Newsletter Nr. 01/2012

E-mail sent by M Sirajul Islam, Monday, 16th January 2012 @ 9:25pm

Dear IPID member,

Here is IPID bimonthly Newsletter Nr. 01/2012 ! 

Please visit our website at www.ipid.se / http://www.electronicgovernment.se/ipid/ for upcoming activities of IPID.


[Apologies for potential cross postings]

Call for papers/Chapters/ Conferences/workshops/Symposiums/Participation

# Call for paper : IPID ICT4D Annual Symposium 2012 5th - 6th Sept, 2012, Kristiansand, Norway
Deadline for paper submission : 2012-06-15

CfP for IPID ICT4D Annual Symposium 2012 has been announced. Postgraduate (PhD and masters ) students  doing research in ICT4D are most welcome to attend this symposium. Please note that this event will be held in parallel to IFIP eGov/ePart conference 2012.  For more details, please click on http://groupspaces.com/ipid/item/229187

# 11th IFIP Electronic Government Conference (IFIP EGOV 2012)
(Co-located with the 4th IFIP ePart conference)

University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway
Submission of papers:  4 March 2012
Submission of workshop/panel proposals:  15 April 2012
Submissions to PhD colloquium:  15 May 2012

Conference : September 3 to 6, 2012
http://www.egov-conference.org/egov-2012

# CALL FOR PARTICIPATION : SWEG 2012 - 9th Scandinavian Workshop on E-government

February 9-10, 2012, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.

http://www.cbs.dk/sweg2012

# 6th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV2012)

22 - 25 October 2012. Albany, New York

Submission Deadline - 2 April 2012

www.icegov.org

# 13th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research (dg.o 2012) 

University of Maryland, College Park MD
Monday- Thursday, June 4-7, 2012
Website:
http://dgo2012.dgsna.org
General inquiries:
dgo2012@easychair.org
Submission due: Jan 22, 2012

Paper submissions: http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=dgo2012

# The Fourth International Conference on Networked Digital Technologies (NDT2012)
April 24-26, 2012
The Canadian University of Dubai, Dubai – UAE

Paper submission: January 20, 2012
http://www.ndtconf.org

# Call for Book Chapter Proposals: Politics in the Information Age

Extended Deadlines Jan. 31, 2012

Editors: Jonathan Bishop and Ashu M. G. Solo
Publisher: Springer Science+Business Media, LLC (Springer)
Publisher Web Site:
http://springer.com
Web Site for Call for Chapter Proposals:
http://polnetics.com

# AMCIS 2012 Call for Papers, Minitrack: Information Technology in Transition Economies
Track: ICTs in Global Development (sponsored by SIGGlobDev)
August 9-12, 2012, Seattle, Washington

Deadline for paper submissions : March 1, 2012
http://amcis2012.aisnet.org/

# CFP: AMCIS 2012 Minitrack on Contemporary Issues in Agile Development

August 9-12, 2012, Seattle, Washington

Deadline for paper submissions : March 1, 2012
http://amcis2012.aisnet.org/

# CFP : MINI-TRACK: Success Factors and Enablers for the Adoption and Diffusion of e-Government Services

August 9-12, 2012, Seattle, Washington
Deadline for paper submissions : March 1, 2012
http://amcis2012.aisnet.org/

# CFP: Pacific Asia Workshop on Intelligence and Security Informatics ( PAISI 2012)
(to be held in conjunction with PAKDD 2012)
May 29, 2012, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Submission due: January 13, 2012

http://www.business.hku.hk/paisi/2012/

# CFP: 11th International Workshop on Web Semantics and Information Processing (WebS 2012)
in conjunction with DEXA 2012, 23rd International Conference on Database and Expert Systems Applications
03-07 September 2012, Vienna, Austria
Paper submission: March 02, 2012

http://www.faw.jku.at/wwoess/webs/webs.html
http://www.dexa.org/

# 7th Iberian Conference on Information Systems and Technologies
June 20-23, 2012, Madrid, Spain
http://www.aisti.eu/cisti2012/index.php?lang=en

# 13th European Conference on Knowledge Management (ECKM-2012)

6-7 September 2012

Universidad Politicnica de Cartagena, Spain
Submission due : 16 February 2012

http://academic-conferences.org/eckm/eckm2012/eckm12-call-papers.htm

 
# Call for Papers : Mobile and Wireless Technologies and Applications

Submission deadline: 1 February 2012
http://www.computer.org/portal/web/computingnow/itcfp5

# 13th Annual International and Interdisciplinary Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR)
October 18-21, 2012
University of Salford, MediaCity, UK

Submissions Due: 1 March 2012

http://www. aoir.org

# 21th European Conference on Information Systems ECIS 2013 – Beyond Borders
June 5-8, 2013, Utrecht, the Netherlands

Email track proposal to ecis2013@lists.science.uu.nl as soon as possible, but no later than February 1st, 2012
www.ecis2013.nl

# CALL FOR BOOK CHAPTER PROPOSALS : Human-Centered System Design for Electronic Governance

Proposal Submission Deadline: January 30, 2012

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) or by mail to: Saqib Saeed, Department of Information Studies and New Media, University of Siegen, Germany.

E-mail: saqib.saeed@uni-siegen.de

To be published by IGI Global:
http://www.igi-global.com/authorseditors/authoreditorresources/callforbookchapters/callforchapterdetails.aspx?callforcontentid=0b637cc6-4876-4fbc-b718-957fa6037be0


Mobile news/Cases
 
 

# Avoiding the Digital Divide Hype in Using Mobile Phones for Development

To all of you digital divide warriors out there – nice work. With over 483 million mobile phone subscriptions in low-income countries - an estimated 44.9% penetration rate, few will deny the success of your efforts to expand mobile technology in the developing world. Rapid mobile growth rates further exhibit success in dissemination, and stats such as, “There are more mobile phones than toilets in India,“ and “There are more mobile phones than light bulbs in Uganda,” make us smile and feel all warm and fuzzy inside.  For more details, please click here.  

# Revolutionizing ICT and Agribusiness: A Conversation with M-Farm CEO Jamila Abass

M-Farm, a Kenyan SME that continues to transform agriculture, was named by infoDev as a Top 20 Access to Market and Finance selectee. This highlight celebrates the story of M-Farm's founder and CEO Jamila Abass, tracing the development of an exciting and growing initiative. For more details http://www.idisc.net/en/Article.39230.html

 
# The top-10 e-Agriculture Community in 2011

Please read the details at http://www.e-agriculture.org/news/january-newsletter-year-review-2011

 

Studies/ Courses/Seminars/ Colloquiums/Graduate symposiums/  

# Top Ten ICT4D Conferences of 2012

It seems that we need some sort of clearing house for scheduling ICT4D conferences. A quick review of events already announced for 2012 reveals that we have some ICT4D Conference Clashes this year. If you are still planning your event then perhaps consider either avoiding the second half of March and May or maybe piggy-back on someone else’s event – by scheduling in the same town on the days immediately preceding of following an existing event – so that we can reduce the environmental and financial costs of attending international conferences …… Please read the details at http://laptopburns.wordpress.com/2012/01/05/top-ten-ict4d-conferences-2012/

# Top 10 ICT4D Trends in 2011: Did your predictions come true?

This was an amazing and surprising year for ICT4D, as evidenced by how off the 2011 predictions look now that the year has passed.  Rather than analyzing each prediction and what went awry with crystal balls, here is the list of the top topics on ICTworks in 2011. The top 10 list is indicative of the overall trends in the technology industry through the lens of the ICTworks readership, which is mainly ICT4D practitioners in the US, Africa, and Europe (in that order). While you review this past year, be brave and send in your predictions for 2012 - we'll be publishing those in the new year. Click here for more.

# Latest issue of EJISDC is now online

The latest issue of EJISDC  ( Vol 50) has been published. The articles are selected from papers presented at the International Development Informatics Associate (IDIA) conference which took place in Cape Town (3rd - 5th November 2010). The theme of the conference was Exploring Success and Failure in Development Informatics: Innovation, Research and Practice.The articles in this issue cover wide-ranging topics related to development informatics.  For more details, please visit www.ejisdc.org

# e-learning module on ICT for disaster risk management

APCICT will launch Module 9 of the “Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders Programme”, on the Centre’s online, distance learning platform, the APCICT Virtual Academy. Module 9 examines the use of ICT in disaster risk reduction, and is designed to help government officials and development stakeholders use ICT in their local, national and regional disaster risk management frameworks. Module 9 of the Academy was first launched in October 2011, during APCICT’s Second Asia-Pacific Regional Forum on ICT Human Capacity Development. Please visit at http://e-learning.unapcict.org/HTML/index.html


Vacancies/ PhD/Post-Doc positions

# PhD and DBA candidates to research topics on ICTs/information systems and socio-economic development at the University of Manchester, UK

The Centre for Development Informatics at the University of Manchester is seeking high-quality PhD and DBA candidates to research topics on ICTs/information systems and socio-economic development. Some scholarships are available for those starting in September 2012; deadline dates vary but many require application before end January 2012. Further details about application and scholarships can be found at: http://www.cdi.manchester.ac.uk/postgraduate/


# PhD in Management Information Systems (MIS) at Syracuse University, USA

Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University invites prospective students to its Ph.D. program in Management Information Systems (MIS). Accepted students will be fully and competitively funded by the school. Profiles of our MIS faculty and their research areas are listed at:
http://whitman.syr.edu/FacultyResearch/Faculty/Directory.asp#2<http://whitman.syr.edu/FacultyResearch/Faculty/Directory.asp> Interested candidates should send their application material by February 15, 2012 (see PhD program website below), and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Details about our Ph.D. program and the application process are available at: http://whitman.syr.edu/PhD/

# PhD at Temple University, USA

The Fox School of Business and Management at Temple University invites prospective students to apply for its exciting PhD program in Management Information Systems (MIS). All qualified students receive full financial support including tuition and stipend.  The application deadline for the program is Febuary 1. To learn more and apply, please visit http://community.mis.temple.edu/programs/phd-in-mis/. Please contact Pei-yu Chen at pychen@temple.edu if you have any questions regarding the program.

 # POST-doctoral and PHD fellowships at the United Nations University

An essential part of the application for both the PhD and Postdoctoral fellowships is a research proposal outlining the intended work. The research during the fellowship should be of professional interest to the applicant and of direct relevance to the research agenda of their selected UNU-IAS or UNU-ISP programme. Applicants are therefore highly encouraged to familiarize themselves with UNU-IAS and UNU-ISP research areas. Research proposals should clearly relate to one of the current Research Programmes at UNU-IAS and UNU-ISP. For more details http://www.ias.unu.edu/sub_page.aspx?catID=6&ddlID=756

# Harvard University Internet & Society Summer Internship Program 2012

Each summer the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University swings open the doors of our big yellow house to welcome a group of talented and curious students as full-time interns - Berkterns!- who are passionate about the promise of the Internet. Finding connected and complementary research inquiries among their diverse backgrounds, students represent all levels of study, are being trained in disciplines across the board, and come from universities all over the world to tackle issues related to the core of Berkman’s research agenda, including law, technology, innovation, and knowledge; the relationship between Internet and civic activity; and technology, law, and development. The application deadline for all students for Summer 2012 isSunday, February 12 2012 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Questions? Email Rebecca Tabasky at rtabasky@cyber.law.harvard.edu. For more information http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/


Scholarships/Grants /Funding/Awards/Competition

# Travel scholarshipsFieldwork in Africa

Researchers associated with universities, colleges and other research institutions in the Nordic countries (= Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) can apply for the scholarships regardless of citizenship. The scholarships are intended for MA and PhD candidates. Applicants should have completed their basic academic education (=Bachelor degree). The Travel Scholarships are awarded once per year and applications mailed to Nordiska Afrikainstitutet must be in by 31 January. NAI does not accept applications sent by e-mail or fax. For more details http://www.nai.uu.se/scholarships/travel/

 # USAID Request for Proposals: All Children Reading Grand Challenge for Development

Closing Date for Applications: Jan 31, 2012

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), and World Vision (collectively referred to as the “Founding Partners”) are seeking game-changing innovations with the potential to dramatically improve reading skills and low literacy rates among primary grade children. Through a multi-year initiative called All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development (ACR), the Founding Partners will collaborate to achieve the goal of global action to improve child literacy. While recognizing that there are many factors required to improve student learning outcomes in primary grade reading, the Founding Partners have established the All Children Reading Competition to focus on two needs that are both important and largely unmet in low- and lower- middle income countries: teaching and learning materials and education data. To read more, please click at http://ow.ly/1AzNIP

# Call For Entries - Pivot East Mobile Apps Developer Conference

This second edition of East Africa’s regional mobile apps developer competition and conference will be held on June 5th and 6th in Nairobi. Eligible contestants for the competition will be individuals and companies domiciled in Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Kenya, Burundi and South Sudan. The pitching conference will have a rich audience of investors, development partners, telecoms operators and other industry players from East Africa and across the globe. For more details http://www.idisc.net/en/Article.39227.html

Fw: Top Ten ICT4D Conferences of 2012

E-mail sent by M Sirajul Islam, Monday, 9th January 2012 @ 4:21pm

Top Ten ICT4D Conferences of 2012

January 5, 2012 by Tony Roberts

Original source : http://laptopburns.wordpress.com/2012/01/05/top-ten-ict4d-conferences-2012/

It seems that we need some sort of clearing house for scheduling ICT4D conferences. A quick review of events already announced for 2012 reveals that we have some ICT4D Conference Clashes this year. If you are still planning your event then perhaps consider either avoiding the second half of March and May or maybe piggy-back on someone else’s event – by scheduling in the same town on the days immediately preceding of following an existing event – so that we can reduce the environmental and financial costs of attending international conferences.

Bring on the day when we can enjoy meaningful online participation of any ICT4D conferences. There are some aspects of face-to-face meetings that will never  be equaled online, but given that there are many more conferences happening every year than anyone can afford the time, money or carbon emissions to attend in person, it would be great to have the option of attending some events virtually.

…and this years Top Ten ICT4D Conferences are ….

Feb 28-29th, New Dehli, India: Mobiles for Development

Mar 12-15th, Atlanta, USA: ICTD 2012 - preceded on Mar 10-11th by co-located ACM DEV

Mar 19-23rd, Abuja, Nigeria: Idlelo5 – Free & Open Source Africa

Mar 21-24, Kampala, Uganda: ICT for Africa – eInclusion

May 14-18th, Geneva, Switzerland: WSIS Forum 2012

May 23-25th, Cotonou, Benin: e-Learning Africa

May 29-31st, Lausanne, Switzerland: Tech4Dev 2012

May 29th-Jun 1st, Cape Town, South Africa: Mobile Health Summit

Sep 5-6th, Kristiansand, Norway: IPID 2012 ICT4D Symposium

Nov 13-15th Kathmandu, Nepal: 6th ICT for Development & Education Conference

N.B. This draft, no doubt, contains errors or omissions so please let me know in the comments section below or at @phat_controller on twitter where amendments are required.

Thanks in advance.

- Tony Roberts

Call for Paper : IPID ICT4D Annual Symposium 2012, Kristiansand, Norway (5th - 6th Sept, 2012)

E-mail sent by M Sirajul Islam, Tuesday, 3rd January 2012 @ 7:38pm

Call for Paper : IPID ICT4D Symposium 2012

University of Agder (UiA), Kristiansand, Norway
Wednesday, 5th September 2012 at 9am - 4pm Thursday, 6th September

The 7th Annual Symposium of the International Network for Postgraduate Students in the area of ICT4D (IPID) will be held 5-6 September, 2012 at University of Agder (UiA), Kristiansand, Norway. IPID is a network of postgraduate students doing research in ICT4D and operates through inter alia support to doctoral and master students and increased visibility at international conferences. The network is administered by the School of Business (Informatics) at the Örebro University and funded by the SPIDER/SIDA.  

Like previous years, the 2012 symposium will provide postgraduate researchers with the opportunity to present their work to a diverse audience and gain valuable experience. It is also an opportunity for young scientists to network and engage with international ICT4D scholars . The symposium will consist of two parts - paper presentations and interactive panels focusing on both professional and academic related questions (e.g. getting published, working in the field of ICT4D, ethical and moral issues in ICT4D research and implications/possibilities of ICT for Development). The aim is to have creative and friendly days where we can discuss and help each other.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

•    Bridging the digital divide
•    Applications of ICT for development
•    Mobile technology for development
•    ICTs role in development practice
•    Theoretical frameworks
•    Methodological applications in ICTD research
•    Gender issues and ICT4D
•    Evaluation of ICT4D projects and research  
•    Sustainability and scalability of ICT4D projects

Paper submission

We ask for short papers and are interested in both practical and theoretical papers, completed as well as research in progress. Papers should be submitted in Word format and not exceed 3500 words. All papers will be reviewed by the organizing committee for quality and relevance. Please send your papers to M. Sirajul Islam (sirajul.islam@oru.se). So as to maximise the number of post-graduate papers at the conference, actual presentations will be restricted to 15 minutes.

All accepted papers will be published on the IPID website (http://www.ipid.se or http://www.electronicgovernment.se/ipid/).

Best paper awards

Up to three papers will be selected as the best papers of the symposium. Initial screening will be done by the organizing committee and then a panel of senior researchers within the field will select the best of the short-listed papers.

Panel suggestions

If you would like to convene a panel discussion, please send an email to M. Sirajul Islam (sirajul.islam@oru.se) stating the title of the panel, a short description and suggested panel members.

Keynote speakers

To be announced

Important dates

Deadline for paper submission : 2012-06-15
Notification of acceptance       : 2012-07-20
Early-bird registration ends     : 2012-08-15
Registration ends                 : 2012-08-30
Symposium                         : 5-6 September 2012

Registration:

To be announced

Travel grants

A limited number of travel grants will be awarded to the participants with accepted papers. Application details will be announced later.

Further enquiries

If you have any questions about this symposium, please contact any of the organizers below:

Organizing committee

- M. Sirajul Islam, IPID Coordinator (sirajul.islam@oru.se)
- Annika Andersson, Örebro University  (annika.andersson@oru.se)
- Mathias Hatakka, Örebro University (mathias.hatakka@oru.se)

- Dr. Devinder Thapa,  Research Fellow, Dept. of Information Systems, University of Agder, Norway (devinder.thapa@uia.no)
                      
Symposium Chair:

Åke Grönlund, Professor, Informatics,  Örebro University, School of Business, Sweden

IPID 7th International Annual Symposium 2012

  • Wednesday, 5th September 2012 at 8am - 5pm Thursday, 6th September
    Location: University of Agder (UiA), Kristiansand, Norway. Room nr HU-022, Ground floor, H-building, Campus Gimlemoen (close to the main entrance)

    List of participants with presentations are here.
    Some photos of this…


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